Business Licenses

The goal of the Business License Department is to administer the Business License and Hospitality/Accommodations Tax ordinances for the Town of Summerville while providing exceptional customer service.

In most cases, the maximum wait time for a business license is 2 to 5 business days. The amount of time can vary due to work load, required inspections or lack of required documentation or information. However, it is our policy to be as expedient and helpful as possible. We welcome you to the Town of Summerville and appreciate your interest in doing business in our Town.

Ordinance Details

The Town of Summerville Business License Ordinance (PDF) requires every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession, in whole or in part, within the corporate limits of this city to obtain a business license. The business license fee is based on the Class Rate associated with the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS Code to Class Index (PDF)). The business license year begins June 1st and expires May 31st for all businesses.

The physical business location, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and Class Rate (PDF) for your business activity and gross receipts or gross estimate is used to calculate the business license fee. For gross in excess of two million dollars ($2,000,000), the declining rates are used.

Please contact the Business License office for assistance in calculating the fees. For sales of prepared foods and beverages, the 2% hospitality tax is required to be collected from the consumer and paid to the Town of Summerville by the 20th of each month.

Temporary Locations

For business proposing to operate their business temporarily in town and do not have a permanent location, a temporary use permit is required (i.e. Christmas tree sales, fireworks stands, mobile food vendors, etc.). A business license will not be issued until the temporary use permit has been approved. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department.


Non-profit organizations may be exempt from the city’s business license fee. In order to determine if your organization is exempt, you must complete and submit a business license application and your documentation from the Internal Revenue Service as proof of your non-profit status.